Odion Ighalo is still fighting for his Manchester United dream
The away win over LASK seems like a lifetime ago. Odion Ighalo was the star of the show, netting twice in a 5-0 win, including one goal of the season contender.
So for all of us missing football, imagine how Ighalo feels. He was living his dream as a Manchester United star, and suddenly it’s been ripped away from him.
Ighalo’s loan deal expires on May 31. He now has just one month to go before he is no longer a United player.
If the season resumes, then it is likely United look to extend this loan.
In the scenario the campaign is cancelled, Ighalo’s future is more uncertain. Ighalo may be at the mercy of the Premier League, or even the Government’s decision on whether football should resume.
He was becoming a valuable player
The prospect of signing Odion Ighalo brought confusion when it was first floated a week prior to the January transfer window closing.
By time the deal was done at the transfer deadline, we were relieved to get him in, and learning more about Ighalo’s passion for Manchester United, the fanbase got behind him and became invested in his success.
Before the break he was proving to be a valuable asset, with four goals in three starts. His hold up play was excellent and as an alternative, back-up option, he was making a strong case.
Should a permanent deal be done?
This is a question United will have been deliberating over. Long-term, Ighalo isn’t the answer, but perhaps we already a have the long-term solution with Mason Greenwood.
Ighalo is valuable in the here and now, and on a two-year contract, the Nigerian could be a very worthwhile signing.
United could still look for another younger striker, like his countryman Victor Osimhen, or Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard. Strength in depth is important and while Ighalo will want to play, he should be happy to be play a role, even if he is not the main man.
He’s not giving up
Ighalo has been posting on social media over the past week showcasing both his desire to get back to playing, and his hard work to stay fit.
The striker’s work ethic was never in doubt, and it’s clear he is hoping he gets a chance to continue his Manchester United career.
If the season does resume, Ighalo could end the season winning two trophies and writing his name into United’s history books, and earn the team a spot in the Champions League next season too.
It’s easy to root for Ighalo. He’s got plenty more to offer, and this break will make him want it more than ever.
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